2020 Toronto Blue Jays
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Record32–28 (.533)
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Owner(s)Rogers, CEO Mark Shapiro
General manager(s)Ross Atkins
Manager(s)Charlie Montoyo
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The 2020 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 44th season of the Toronto Blue Jays franchise.

On March 12, 2020, MLB announced that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (including in Toronto), the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks in addition to the remainder of spring training being cancelled.[1] Four days later, it was announced that the start of the season would be pushed back indefinitely due to the recommendation made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to restrict events of more than 50 people for eight weeks.[2]

On June 23, commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implemented a 60-game season. Players were to report to training camps on July 1 in order to resume spring training and prepare for a July 23 or 24 Opening Day.[3] The team was forced to play their home games in the home of their AAA affiliate in Buffalo, New York.[4]

Due to the pandemic and the shortened season, Major League Baseball instituted certain rule changes which included the use of a universal designated hitter, a runner on second base to start extra innings, and a revised schedule.[5] On July 30, the league and the union agreed that all remaining doubleheaders on the season would be seven innings.[6]

On September 24, the Blue Jays clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2016, and on the next day they clinched their first winning season since 2016 as well. As the eighth seed in the expanded playoff format, they faced the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays in one of four 2020 American League Wild Card Series where they were swept 2–0 in the best-of-three series.

Offseason

Rule changes

For the 2020 season, MLB instituted several new rule changes including the following:[7]

Further rule changes came into effect in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including the use of the DH in the National League, a shortened schedule, and starting extra innings with a runner at second base.[8]

Transactions

October 2019

November 2019

December 2019

January 2020

February 2020

June 2020

July 2020

Spring training

The Blue Jays announced they would return to Montreal to finish their spring training for the seventh consecutive year. The opponents would have been the New York Yankees.[32] However, spring training games, including the aforementioned series in Montreal, were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[33] On June 23, MLB announced the resumption of spring training on July 1.[34]

Home games

On July 18, the Canadian government denied approval for the Blue Jays to play their home games at Rogers Centre in Toronto, due to concerns surrounding repeated cross-border travel between the United States and Canada by teams involved in its games.[35] With the Blue Jays denied permission to play in Toronto, this was the first season since 1968 (the year before the Montreal Expos were founded) to feature no regular season games played in Canada. After authorities in Pennsylvania rejected the Blue Jays' request to share PNC Park with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Blue Jays struck an agreement to use Sahlen Field, home of their AAA affiliate Buffalo Bisons, for their home games. The first game in Buffalo took place on August 11; the Jays' "home" games prior to that date were scheduled to be played in their opponents' stadiums[36] (though some of these were later postponed). Under MLB's health and safety protocols, all Blue Jays home games were held behind closed doors.[37][failed verification] The Jays were the first major league baseball team to play its home games in Buffalo, New York since the Buffalo Blues of the Federal League ceased operations in 1915.

Regular season

Game log

Regular season

Legend
Blue Jays win Blue Jays loss Game postponed
2020 Game Log: 32–28 (Home: 17–13; Away: 15–15)[38]
July: 3–4 (Home: 0–2; Road: 3–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Record GB
1 July 24 @ Rays 6–4 Romano (1–0) Morton (0–1) Giles (1) 1–0
2 July 25 @ Rays 1–4 Anderson (1–0) Gaviglio (0–1) Drake (1) 1–1
3 July 26 @ Rays 5–6 (10) Roe (1–0) Yamaguchi (0–1) 1–2 1
4 July 27 @ Nationals 4–1 Borucki (1–0) Sánchez (0–1) Bass (1) 2–2 1
5 July 28 @ Nationals 5–1 Roark (1–0) Voth (0–1) 3–2 1
6 July 29 Nationals[a] 0–4 (10) Hudson (1–0) Yamaguchi (0–2) 3–3 1
7 July 30 Nationals[a] 4–6 Harper (1–0) Ryu (0–1) Hudson (1) 3–4 2
July 31 Phillies[a] Postponed (COVID-19). Makeup date: August 20.
August: 15–11 (Home: 8–5; Road: 7–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Record GB
August 1 Phillies[a] Postponed (COVID-19). Makeup date: August 20.
August 2 Phillies[a] Postponed (COVID-19). Makeup date: September 18.
8 August 4 @ Braves 1–10 Fried (2–0) Shoemaker (0–1) 3–5
9 August 5 @ Braves 2–1 Ryu (1–1) Newcomb (0–1) Bass (2) 4–5 4
10 August 6 @ Braves 3–4 Melancon (1–0) Font (0–1) 4–6 4
11 August 7 @ Red Sox 3–5 Hembree (2–0) Roark (1–1) Workman (3) 4–7 4
12 August 8 @ Red Sox 2–1 Kay (1–0) Walden (0–1) Bass (3) 5–7 4
13 August 9 @ Red Sox 3–5 Barnes (1–1) Hatch (0–1) 5–8
14 August 11 Marlins 5–4 (10) Cole (1–0) Tarpley (2–1) 6–8
15 August 12 Marlins 11–14 (10) Kintzler (1–0) Dolis (0–1) Smith (1) 6–9
16 August 14 Rays 12–4 Font (1–1) Thompson (1–1) 7–9
17 August 15 Rays 2–3 Loup (2–0) Romano (1–1) Anderson (3) 7–10
18 August 16 Rays 5–7 (8) Loup (3–0) Font (1–2) Slegers (1) 7–11
19 August 17 @ Orioles 7–2 Ryu (2–1) Cobb (1–2) 8–11
20 August 18 @ Orioles 8–7 (10) Bass (1–0) Sulser (1–2) 9–11
21 August 19 @ Orioles 5–2 Roark (2–1) Milone (1–3) Dolis (1) 10–11
22 August 20 Phillies 3–2 (7) Romano (2–1) Guerra (1–3) 11–11 4
23 August 20 Phillies 9–8 (7) Kay (2–0) Neris (1–1) Cole (1) 12–11
24 August 21 @ Rays 6–5 (10) Hatch (1–1) Loup (3–1) Romano (1) 13–11
25 August 22 @ Rays 1–2 (10) Banda (1–0) Bass (1–1) 13–12
26 August 23 @ Rays 4–5 Fleming (1–0) Borucki (1–1) Curtiss (1) 13–13
27 August 24 @ Rays 6–4 Hatch (2–1) Loup (3–2) Romano (2) 14–13
28 August 25 Red Sox 7–9 Valdéz (1–0) Font (1–3) Barnes (2) 14–14
29 August 26 Red Sox 9–1 Yamaguchi (1–2) Brewer (0–2) 15–14
August 27 Red Sox Postponed (Boycotts due to Jacob Blake shooting); Makeup date: September 4
30 August 28 Orioles 5–4 (10) Dolis (1–1) Sulser (1–3) 16–14
31 August 29 Orioles 5–0 Walker (3–2) Cobb (1–3) 17–14
32 August 30 Orioles 6–5 Bass (2–1) Sulser (1–4) 18–14
33 August 31 Orioles 3–4 (11) Valdez (1–0) Bass (2–2) 18–15
September: 14–13 (Home: 9–6; Road: 5–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Record GB
34 September 1 @ Marlins 2–3 Hoyt (1–0) Yamaguchi (1–3) Kintzler (8) 18–16
35 September 2 @ Marlins 2–1 Ryu (3–1) Sánchez (1–1) Bass (4) 19–16
36 September 3 @ Red Sox 6–2 (10) Dolis (2–1) Valdéz (1–1) 20–16 5
37 September 4 @ Red Sox 8–7 (7) Cole (2–0) Godley (0–4) Bass (5) 21–16 5
38 September 4 Red Sox 2–3 (7) Taylor (1–1) Stripling (3–2) Barnes (4) 21–17
39 September 5 @ Red Sox 8–9 Kickham (1–0) Bass (2–3) 21–18
40 September 6 @ Red Sox 10–8 Hatch (3–1) Hall (0–2) Dolis (2) 22–18
41 September 7 Yankees 12–7 Reid-Foley (1–0) Ottavino (2–3) 23–18
42 September 8 Yankees 2–1 Yamaguchi (2–3) Happ (1–2) Dolis (3) 24–18
43 September 9 Yankees 2–7 García (1–1) Stripling (3–3) 24–19 4
44 September 11 Mets 1–18 deGrom (4–1) Anderson (0–1) Ramírez (1) 24–20
45 September 12 Mets 3–2 Ray (2–4) Lugo (2–3) Dolis (4) 25–20
46 September 13 Mets 7–3 Ryu (4–1) Peterson (4–2) 26–20
47 September 15 @ Yankees 6–20 García (2–1) Walker (3–3) 26–21
48 September 16 @ Yankees 2–13 Cole (6–3) Roark (2–2) 26–22
49 September 17 @ Yankees 7–10 Tanaka (3–2) Anderson (0–2) Chapman (3) 26–23 6
50 September 18 Phillies 0–7 (7) Eflin (3–2) Ray (2–5) 26–24
51 September 18 @ Phillies 7–8 (7) Brogdon (1–0) Dolis (2–2) Neris (5) 26–25
52 September 19 @ Phillies 1–3 Velasquez (1–1) Ryu (4–2) Hunter (1) 26–26
53 September 20 @ Phillies 6–3 Walker (4–3) Medina (0–1) Bass (6) 27–26
54 September 21 Yankees 11–5 Zeuch (1–0) King (1–2) 28–26
55 September 22 Yankees 1–12 Cole (7–3) Roark (2–3) 28–27
56 September 23 Yankees 14–1 Cole (3–0) Tanaka (3–3) Stripling (1) 29–27
57 September 24 Yankees 4–1 Ryu (5–2) Montgomery (2–3) Dolis (5) 30–27 7
58 September 25 Orioles 10–5 Pearson (1–0) López (2–2) 31–27 7
59 September 26 Orioles 5–2 Anderson (1–2) Means (2–4) Bass (7) 32–27 7
60 September 27 Orioles 5–7 Lakins (3–2) Yamaguchi (2–4) Valdez (3) 32–28 8
  1. ^ a b c d e Blue Jays "home" game held at (or scheduled for) opponent's ballpark due to ongoing preparations at Sahlen Field.[36]

Postseason

Legend
Blue Jays win Blue Jays loss Game postponed
2020 Postseason Game Log
American League Wild Card Series: 0–2
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Series
1 September 29 Rays 1–3 Snell (1–0) Ray (0–1) Fairbanks (1) 0–1
2 September 30 Rays 2–8 Glasnow (1–0) Ryu (0–1) 0–2

Standings

American League East

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Tampa Bay Rays 40 20 0.667 20–9 20–11
New York Yankees 33 27 0.550 7 22–9 11–18
Toronto Blue Jays 32 28 0.533 8 17–9 15–19
Baltimore Orioles 25 35 0.417 15 13–20 12–15
Boston Red Sox 24 36 0.400 16 11–20 13–16


American League Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Tampa Bay Rays 40 20 0.667
Oakland Athletics 36 24 0.600
Minnesota Twins 36 24 0.600


Division 2nd Place W L Pct.
Cleveland Indians 35 25 0.583
New York Yankees 33 27 0.550
Houston Astros 29 31 0.483


Wild Card teams
(Top two qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Chicago White Sox 35 25 0.583 +3
Toronto Blue Jays 32 28 0.533
Seattle Mariners 27 33 0.450 5
Los Angeles Angels 26 34 0.433 6
Kansas City Royals 26 34 0.433 6
Baltimore Orioles 25 35 0.417 7
Boston Red Sox 24 36 0.400 8
Detroit Tigers 23 35 0.397 8
Texas Rangers 22 38 0.367 10


Records vs opponents

Record Games Left
Opponent Home Road Total Home Road Total
AL East
Baltimore Orioles 5–2 3–0 8–2
Boston Red Sox 1–2 4–3 5–5
New York Yankees 5–2 0–3 5–5
Tampa Bay Rays 1–2 3–4 4–6
Totals 12–8 10–10 22–18
NL East
Atlanta Braves 1–2 1–2
Miami Marlins 1–1 1–1 2–2
New York Mets 2–1 2–1
Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 1–2 3–3
Washington Nationals 0–2 2–0 2–2
Totals 5–5 5–5 10–10
Grand Totals 17–13 15–15 32–28
Month Games Won Lost Pct.
July 7 3 4 .429
August 26 15 11 .577
September 27 14 13 .519
Totals 60 32 28 .533

Achievements

Regular season transactions

July

August

September

Roster

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Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Statistics

Batting

(Updated as of September 27, 2020)

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB AVG Ref.
Anthony Alford 13 16 3 3 0 0 1 3 3 0 .188 [46]
Bo Bichette 29 123 18 37 9 1 5 23 4 5 .301 [47]
Cavan Biggio 59 220 41 55 16 0 8 28 6 41 .250 [48]
Jonathan Davis 13 27 4 7 2 0 1 6 1 3 .259 [49]
Brandon Drury 21 46 3 7 1 0 0 1 0 2 .152 [50]
Santiago Espinal 26 60 10 16 4 0 0 6 1 4 .267 [51]
Derek Fisher 16 31 5 7 2 1 1 7 0 7 .226 [52]
Randal Grichuk 55 216 38 59 9 0 12 35 1 13 .273 [53]
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 60 221 34 58 13 2 9 33 1 20 .262 [54]
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. 57 208 28 64 14 0 11 33 3 14 .308 [55]
Teoscar Hernandez 50 190 33 55 7 0 16 34 6 14 .289 [56]
Danny Jansen 43 120 18 22 3 0 6 20 0 21 .183 [57]
Caleb Joseph 3 8 2 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .125 [58]
Alejandro Kirk 9 24 4 9 2 0 1 3 0 1 .375 [59]
Reese McGuire 19 41 2 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 .073 [60]
Billy McKinney 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 [61]
Joe Panik 41 120 18 27 6 0 1 7 0 20 .225 [62]
Travis Shaw 50 163 17 39 10 0 6 17 0 16 .239 [63]
Rowdy Tellez 35 113 20 32 5 0 8 23 0 11 .283 [64]
Jonathan Villar 22 69 3 13 1 0 0 6 7 9 .188 [65]
Daniel Vogelbach 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 [66]

Pitching

(Updated as of September 27, 2020)

Player G GS W L SV ERA WHIP IP H R ER BB K Ref.
Chase Anderson 10 7 1 2 0 7.22 1.63 3323 45 29 27 10 38 [67]
Anthony Bass 26 0 2 3 7 3.51 1.01 2523 17 13 10 9 21 [68]
Travis Bergen 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.50 123 1 0 0 1 3 [69]
Ryan Borucki 21 0 1 1 0 2.70 1.44 1623 12 5 5 12 21 [70]
A. J. Cole 24 0 3 0 1 3.09 1.20 2313 19 9 8 9 20 [71]
Rafael Dolis 24 0 2 2 5 1.50 1.25 24 16 9 4 14 31 [72]
Wilmer Font 21 0 1 3 0 9.92 2.27 1613 28 19 18 9 15 [73]
Sam Gaviglio 4 0 0 1 0 9.00 2.67 3 3 3 3 5 1 [74]
Ken Giles 4 0 0 0 1 9.82 2.18 323 4 4 4 4 6 [75]
Thomas Hatch 17 1 3 1 0 2.73 1.18 2613 18 11 8 13 23 [76]
Anthony Kay 13 0 2 0 0 5.14 1.71 21 22 13 12 14 22 [77]
Julian Merryweather 8 3 0 0 0 4.15 1.31 13 11 6 6 6 15 [78]
Brian Moran 2 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.00 1 1 0 0 0 1 [79]
Patrick Murphy 4 0 0 0 0 1.50 1.33 6 6 1 1 2 5 [80]
Nate Pearson 5 4 1 0 0 6.00 1.50 18 14 15 12 13 16 [81]
Hector Perez 1 0 0 0 0 10.80 3.60 123 3 2 2 3 1 [82]
Robbie Ray 5 4 1 1 0 4.79 1.74 2023 22 13 11 14 25 [83]
Sean Reid-Foley 5 0 1 0 0 1.35 1.35 623 3 3 1 6 6 [84]
Tanner Roark 11 11 2 3 0 6.80 1.74 4723 60 39 36 23 41 [85]
Jordan Romano 15 0 2 1 2 1.23 0.89 1423 8 3 2 5 21 [86]
Hyun-jin Ryu 12 12 5 2 0 2.69 1.15 67 60 22 20 17 72 [87]
Matt Shoemaker 6 6 0 1 0 4.71 1.08 2823 22 16 15 9 26 [88]
Ross Stripling 5 2 0 2 1 6.32 1.60 1523 18 11 11 7 13 [89]
Trent Thornton 3 3 0 0 0 11.12 3.18 523 15 7 7 3 6 [90]
Jacob Waguespack 11 0 0 0 0 8.15 1.47 1723 27 20 16 9 16 [91]
Taijuan Walker 6 6 2 1 0 1.37 1.25 2613 22 10 4 11 25 [92]
Shun Yamaguchi 17 0 2 4 0 8.06 1.75 2523 28 25 23 17 26 [93]
T. J. Zeuch 3 1 1 0 0 1.59 1.15 1113 9 2 2 4 3 [94]

2020 Major League Baseball draft

Main article: 2020 Major League Baseball draft

The 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft occurred on Monday, June 10 through June 11, 2020. The draft assigned amateur baseball players to MLB teams. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was shortened to only five rounds.[95]

Round Pick Player Position College/School Nationality Signed
1 5 Austin Martin SS Vanderbilt United States July 8[96]
2 42 CJ Van Eyk RHP Florida State United States June 18[97]
3 77 Trent Palmer RHP Jacksonville United States June 18[97]
4 106 Nick Frasso RHP Loyola Marymount United States July 8[98]
5 136 Zach Britton OF Louisville United States June 18[99]

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Due to the COVID–19 pandemic, Major League Baseball announced the cancellation of the entire Minor League Baseball season on June 30.[100] The Blue Jays taxi squad was based at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York.

Notes

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